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Black Friday 2014: Deals from Wal-Mart, Apple, and Best Buy
LINK With only a few weeks until the holiday shopping frenzy of Black Friday arrives, shoppers gear up as they prepare to storm Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Toys R' Us, Target, and other stores for the best deals of the year.

Mark Burnett, Roma Downey Raising $25 Million for Displaced Christians in Iraq, Syria
LINK Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the executive producers behind the Emmy-nominated "The Bible" series, are raising $25 million to help Christians displaced or affected by the ISIS terror group in Iraq, Syria and neighboring countries before the winter arrives.

DC Bill Would Force Pro-Life Groups to Cover Elective Abortion in Health Insurance
LINK Pro-life groups have written to the City Council of the District of Columbia to protest a proposed bill that would violate federal law by forcing them to provide elective abortion coverage through their insurance plans as well employ those who do not believe in their pro-life mission.

Dallas Nurse Thanks God After Being Declared Ebola-Free; Receives Hug From Obama
LINK Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola after treating Liberian national Thomas Duncan in Texas, said she believes in the power of prayer, after she was declared virus-free and released from Md. hospital Friday. She also met President Obama at the White House, and received a hug.

Robert P. George: Gay Marriage and Religious Freedom Cannot Coexist
LINK Gay marriage proponents will not allow for religious freedom of their political opponents because their belief system does not allow for the fact that dissenters can be reasonable people of goodwill, Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, argued at the Institute on Religion and Democracy's 2014 Diane Knippers Memorial Lecture.

Former Congressman and New York Megachurch Pastor Floyd Flake Confesses 'I Didn't Like Politicians'
LINK Rev. Floyd Flake, senior pastor of the Greater Allen A.M.E Cathedral of New York, who spent 11 years in Congress batting for a better life for constituents in his church community, confessed Thursday that at one time, he "didn't even like politicians."

Unemployment Benefits 2014: Benefit Applications Slightly Rise But Stay at 14-Year Low
LINK Two weeks ago, it was been reported that applications unemployment benefit claims plunged to a 14-year low at 264,000, and financial experts see this as a sign of a strengthened labor market that could help lessen the impact of a weak global growth.

Ken Ham Says Creationism Will Outlive Bill Nye After Nye Claims Creationists Are 'Going Out of Business'
LINK Creation Museum President and CEO Ken Ham has responded to claims by Bill Nye "The Science Guy" that creationism will "go out of business" in the next 20 years by stating that it will outlive Nye and others like him.

Parents of Rare Quadruplets Thank God for Successful 'Miracle' Surgery; Couple Pregnant With Two Sets of Identical Twins
LINK The mother and father of quadruplets are thanking God after surgery to save all four babies in utero was successful.

Amnesty International Releases Report Claiming Human Rights Abuses Committed in Ferguson Riots
LINK Amnesty International has released a report claiming that human rights abuses were committed during the Ferguson, Missouri, riots earlier this year, which stemmed from the police shooting of Michael Brown.

Ebola Hits New York City; Manhattan Doctor Craig Spencer Falls Ill After Treating Ebola Patients in West Africa
LINK New York City remained on edge late Thursday night as local and federal officials encouraged the city that never sleeps to keep calm after news broke earlier that Manhattan doctor Craig Spencer, who recently treated Ebola patients in Guinea, West Africa, had fallen ill from the disease.

Malala Yousafzai Asks Obama to Send Books, Not Guns and Weapons to Other Countries
LINK Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai asked President Barack Obama during a private meeting to send books and teachers instead of guns and weapons to other countries, it was revealed earlier this week.

Hobby Lobby Donates 14.5 Acre Property to Legacy Project Run by Megachurch Pastor Charles Jenkins to Help Underserved Communities
LINK NEW YORK — Pastor Charles Jenkins, popular recording artist and leader of the historic Fellowship Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, revealed Thursday that the Green family of arts and crafts giant, Hobby Lobby, purchased then donated a 14.5 acre property to create a campus for his ambitious Legacy Project aimed at improving the quality of life in underserved communities.

Is Islam a Religion? Christian Seminary Debates Accusations of Islamophobia in the US
LINK Is Islam a religion? This question, and others perceived as Islamaphobic, were debated by several professors at Union Theological Seminary in New York City Wednesday, with the panelists seeking to encourage the audience to participate in meaningful inter-religious dialogue.

T.D. Jakes Responds to Instagram Follower Who Criticized Him for 'Flashing' Diamond Ring
LINK Bishop T.D. Jakes reportedly responded to a critic on social networking site Instagram after being accused of being too flashy.

Jodi Arias Trial Update: Graphic Images From Crime Scene Shown to Jury at Retrial, 2 Jurors Dismissed
LINK On day one, the jurors at the sentencing retrial of Jodi Arias were warned that they would see graphic crime scene pictures along with sexually explicit photos that Arias and her former boyfriend, Travis Alexander, took of each other before she attacked him in the shower.

Darren Wilson: Pastor Says Ferguson Protests Will Continue 'Indictment or No Indictment' Because Community Is Fed Up
LINK Ferguson protesters are said to be bracing themselves for no indictment in the Michael Brown case and one local pastor has called for peaceful protests should Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson be cleared.

Daylight Savings Time 2014, When Does it End; What You Need to Know?
LINK It's time again to discuss about the "spring forward and fall back one hour" daylight saving time.

Ebola Victim Amber Vinson Now Free of Virus, Family Says
LINK The Texas nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan is now Ebola-free and will be transferred out of isolation.

Mike Huckabee, Phil Robertson Join 'I Stand Sunday' Event to Support Houston Pastors Subpoenaed for Their Sermons
LINK Conservative groups are organizing an event on the first Sunday in November to support the five Houston pastors whose sermons were subpoenaed by city officials. Known as "I Stand Sunday," the event will feature former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd, Alan and Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" fame, and local clergy.

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LINK Religious Liberties / Persecution

Las Vegas Gambles with Student Privacy
LINK Contact: Karen England, Capitol Resource Institute, 916-212-5607

PJI Files Brief in Forced Religion of Yoga Case
LINK Contact: Brad Dacus, Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), 916-857-6900

'No Gay Civil Rights, We are Ready to Go to Jail' Say Michigan Pastors at Capital Press Conference
LINK Contact: Stacy M. Swimp, 313-848-7569, info@nationalclc.org DETROIT, Oct. 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Hundreds of Michigan Pastors and Christian leaders gathered on the steps on the State Capital in Lansing, Michigan to hold a press conference in opposition to the growing movement within the Michigan Legislature to amend the State's Civil Rights Act- Elliott Larson- to include sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. "We, the undersigned Christian Pas Source: Stacy M. Swimp

We Will Not Comply: California Forces Churches to Directly Fund Abortions
LINK Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-841-1700; Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor, 316-516-3034; both with Operation Rescue, info.operationrescue@gmail.com  SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 22, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- To the dismay of California's people of faith, the California Department of Managed Health Care has reclassified abortion as a "basic health service" under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance plans in the state to begin covering surgical abortio Source: Operation Rescue

De Blasio Okay with Anti-Semitic Opera
LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org  NEW YORK, Oct. 21, 2014 /Standard Newswire/ -- Bill Donohue comments on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's position on "The Death of Klinghoffer," which debuted last night at the Metropolitan Opera:

Foundation Defends Pastors Against Houston Mayor

Synod Coverage Fixated on Gays
LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

#HoustonWeHaveAProblem Petition Surpasses 10,000 Supporters as Pressure Mounts for City of Houston to Drop Subpoenas
LINK Faith Driven Consumer's grassroots effort supporting Houston's pastors--despite initially being blocked by Twitter after it launched last Thursday--continues to gain momentum as leaders around the nation call on city officials to reverse course

Faith Organizations to Announce National Campaign if Houston's Mayor Parker Doesn't Withdraw Subpoenas Sent to Local Houston Pastors
LINK The groups shared their concerns in a letter sent to the MayorContact: Rev. Patrick Mahoney, 540-538-4741WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The City of Houston has demanded pastors turn over all their speeches, presentations and other materials related their their comments on the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.  (HERO)The Christian Defense Coalition, the National Clergy Council and the League for the Defense of Pastors will hold a news conference in f Source: Christian Defense Coalition

Pastor Calls for National Unity with the Houston 5
LINK Contact: Rev. CJ Conner, 715-651-0946

Twitter Blocks New Faith Driven Consumer Campaign Supporting Subpoenaed Houston Pastors Minutes After Launch
LINK After famously blocking Faith Driven Consumer's #IStandWithPhil campaign earlier this year, Twitter is back at it again blocking the group's new petition drive #HoustonWeHaveAProblem at HoustonProblem.com minutes after launch this afternoonContact: Matthew Faraci, Faith Driven Consumer, 919-645-0771, matthew@faithdrivenconsumer.com RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 15, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Faith Driven Consumer, the group that emerged on the national stage last year with i Source: Faith Driven Consumer

#HoustonWeHaveAProblem Petition Launches at HoustonProblem.com, Demands City of Houston Immediately Cease Bullying Actions Against Pastors
LINK Faith Driven Consumer the group behind the #IStandWithPhil movement which played a leading role in Phil Robertson's return to Duck Dynasty is now organizing its community in support of a group of Houston pastors who are victims of intolerance and bullying at the hands of the City of Houston Contact: Matthew Faraci, Faith Driven Consumer, 919-645-0771
, matthew@faithdrivenconsumer.com RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 15, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Faith Driven Consumer&tra Source: Faith Driven Consumer

Bishop E.W. Jackson Sr. Hosts Unity Forum for Religious and Civil Rights in Little Rock, Arkansas
LINK Contact: Martin Brown, 804-874-6706, martin@standamerica.us; Sandy Adams, 757-375-6444; both with S.T.A.N.D. LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Oct. 15, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bishop E.W. Jackson, Harvard educated Attorney, Minister and last year's Virginia Republican Nominee for Lt. Governor has launched a national movement to protect Christians from "growing hostility, discrimination and anti-Christian bigotry."  As part of a nationwide effort, Jackson is hosting a Unity Forum Source: S.T.A.N.D

Former Virginia Lt. Governor Nominee Launches National Movement to Protect Rights of Christians
LINK Contact: Martin Brown, 804-874-6706, martin@standamerica.us; Sandy Adams, 757-375-6444; both with S.T.A.N.D. NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 15, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bishop E.W. Jackson, Harvard educated Attorney, Minister and last year's Virginia Republican Nominee for Lt. Governor has launched a national movement to protect Christians from "growing hostility, discrimination and anti-Christian bigotry." He has produced a video addressing the issue: youtu.be/oIl2O9SzzoA.As a Source: S.T.A.N.D

Robert P. George to Speak on Religious Liberty at Annual IRD Lecture
LINK "Dr. George is the William Wilberforce of our day, courageously and thoughtfully advocating for liberty, for the defense of the vulnerable, and the reformation of manners to the benefit of all." -- IRD President Mark Tooley

California Churches Take Action Against Forced Abortion Coverage
LINK Life Legal Defense Foundation Represents Seven Congregations In Federal Complaint

Coptic Solidarity: Maspero Massacre Victims Still Without Justice in Egypt
LINK Contact: Lindsay Vessey, Coptic Solidarity, 801-512-1713, info@copticsolidarity.org WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Three years ago, the Egyptian armed forces unleashed a violent attack against Coptic protesters, resulting in the deaths of at least 28 individuals.  Coptic Solidarity calls on Egypt to render justice and urges to make October 9 a Day of Memorial for the victims. Several thousand, mostly Coptic families including many women, children, and e Source: Coptic Solidarity

Delgaudio Issues Promise to Fight for Right to Vote Our Beliefs -- No Black Gowned Back-Stabbing Liberal Jurist is Silencing Us
LINK Contact: Eugene Delgaudio, Public Advocate, 703-845-1808, eugenedelgaudio@erols.com

Mission Aviation Fellowship Joins the Masterworks Client Family
LINK Contact: Paige Mitchell, Masterworks, 360-394-4300

Christians in 200 Nations Unite in Prayer for Jerusalem
LINK Contact: Stephen Jenks, 716-759-1058

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